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Family Gramineae
Batad
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench
BROOM CORN

Shu shu

Scientific names Common names
Agrostis nigricans (Ruiz & Pav.) Poir. Bakau (Ibn.)
Andropogon besseri Kunth Batad (Tag., Bik., Bis.)
Andropogon bicolor (L.) Roxb. Batag (Tag.)
Andropogon caffrorum (Thunb.) Kunth Bukakau (Ilk.)
Andropogon compactus Brot. Gau (If.)
Andropogon dulcis Burm.f. Layagah (Sul.)
Andropogon niger (Ard.) Kunth Sorghum (Engl.)
Andropogon saccharatus Kunth Common wild sorghum (Engl.)
Andropogon sorghum (L.) Brot. Sudamgrass (Engl.)
Holcus bicolor Linn. Great millet (Engl.)
Holcus compactus Lam. Grain sorghum (Engl.)
Holcus sacccharatus L.  
Holcus sorghum L.  
Milium bicolor (L.) Cav.  
Milium compactum (Lam.) Cav.  
Milium maximum Cav.  
Milium sorghum (L.) Cav.  
Panicum caffrorum Retz.  
Raphis sorghum (L.) Roberty  
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench.  
Sorghum caffrorum (Retz.) P.Beauv.  
Sorghum caudatum (Hack.) Stapf  
Sorghum centroplicatum Chiov.  
Sorghum cernuum (Ard.) Host  
Sorghum compactum Lag.  
Sorghum saccharum (L.) Moench  
Sorghum usorum Nees  
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
ASSAMESE: Zuwar.
BENGALI: Jowar.
CHINESE: Gao liang, Shu shu.
FRENCH: Sorgho.
GERMAN: Mohrenhirse, Kaffernhirse..
GUJARATI: Jowar, Jowari, Juar. .
HINDI: Jowar, Jowari, Juar, Juwar.
ITALIAN: Sorgo coltivato.
JAPANESE: Morokoshi, Sorugamu.
KANNADA: Jo la.
MARATHI: Jondhala, Jwari, Jovart..
ORIYA: Juara.
PUNJABI: Jowar.
ASSAMESE: Zu
ASSAMESE: Zu
ASSAMESE: Zuwar.
RUSSIAN: Sorgo obyknovennoe.
SPANISH: Maiz guineo, Millo, Sorgo comon, Sorgo de grano, Sorgo de Guinea.
SWAHILI: Mtama.
TAMIL: Cholam, Karuncoolam.
TELUGU: Jonna, Jonnalu.
THAI: Kao liang, Khao fang, Khao fang hang chang, Khao khuang, Khao pang hang chang, Samut khodom.
URDU: Javar.

Botany
Batad is a stout, erect, annual, usually about 2 meters high. Stem is solid, about 1 centimeters or more in diameter. Leaves are 20 to 50 centimeters long, 2 to 5 centimeters wide. Panicles are dense, 15 to 30 centimeters long, compound and erect. Spikelets are ovoid, more or less pubescent, about 5 millimeters long, pale, purplish, or nearly black, the first glume hard and shining, the fourth awnless or sometimes awned.

Distribution
- Several varieties grown in the Philippines.
- Cultivated, but not extensively, for forage.
- Native of Asia or Africa, now cultivated in all warm countries.

Constituents
- Leaves contain a glucoside, dhurrin; enzyme, emulsin, among others.
- Young plant rich in hydrocyanic acid.
- Fruits contain sorghin.
- Study isolated an alcohol-soluble protein, named kafrin, from kafir seeds, which constitutes more than one-half of the protein in the seed. Nitrogen determinations on the kafir meal showed that it contained 11.7 percent protein (N x 6.25).
(18)
- Proximate composition of Sorghum bicolor stem flour % on dry weight basis yielded moisture 6.54, protein 3.20, crude fat 8.38, total ash 5.34, crude fiber 32.02, carbohydrate 44.52. (22)
- Mineral composition (mg/100g) of sorghum bicolor stem flour on dry weight basis yielded: Na 127.61, K 138.87, Ca 151.70, Mg 185.33, Fe 10.98, Cu 0.47, Zn 7.15, Mn 2.83. (see study below) (22)

Properties
- Considered astringent, demulcent, diuretic, hemostatic.
- Inflorescence is astringent and hemostatic.
- Studies have shown antidiarrheal, antibacterial, neuropharmacologic, antisickling, hematopoetic, antiglycation, antioxidant properties.

Parts used
Seeds, leaves, stems, roots.

Uses

Edibility
- Seeds, raw or cooked; sprouted seeds can be eaten raw; sometimes added to salads.
- Parched seeds used as alternative to coffee.
- Sweet juicy stems used for forage and silage or to produce syrup.
- In southern Africa the juicy stems are often chewed as a snack.
- Sap, raw or cooked, is quite sweet and can be made into syrup.
- A staple food in some regions, where it is often fermented before consumption.
- Used as whole grain like rice; ground into flour.
- Fruit of the vulgaris variety yield a decoction similar to that of barley.
- Stems, cooked. (Caution: reports of cyanide content).
- Sorghum bicolor is the dominant cereal crop in the Guinea and Sudan regions of West Africa.
Folkloric
- Decoction of seed is demulcent and diuretic; used for kidney and urinary tract complaints.
- In India, used as an aphrodisiac.
- Used for gastrointestinal related problems: diarrhea, flux, stomachaches.
- In South Western Nigeria, used for headaches, sickle-cell anemia, leukemia, multiple myeloma, heart and blood-related problems.
- In Lagos, Nigeria, used for anemia, pain and inflammation. Also, used as abortifacient: (1) infusion of leaf of S. bicolor with slice root of R lucida, soaked in potash water. (2) 24-hour gin Infusion of leaf of S bicolor, slice root of B nitidia, wood of Pterocarpus osun. As contraceptive: Infusion of soaked leaf of S. bicolor with fruits of X aethiopica and seeds of A melegueta.
Others
- Cultivated for forage and seed.
- Developed for the production of grain and sweet stalk.
- In China, sugar is produced from sweet sorghum.
- In Brazil, sweet sorghum is used as a source crop for ethanol production.
- Panicles used for making brushes, brooms and whisks.
- The bagasse is more suitable for paper pulp and used to manufacture kraft paper, newsprint, and fiber board.
- Stems used for making mats and wattle fences.
- Makes an excellent biomass.

- Sweet sorghum is grown as feed stalk for ethanol production.

Toxicity
Cyanide:
Immature plant, especially when wilted, is poisonous because of the cyanide and alkaloid hordenine. These toxins are destroyed when dried or made into silage.

Studies
Anti-Anemic:
Aqueous extract of Sorghum bicolor stem bark yielded alkaloids and saponins. Extract administration in rats produced significant increase in hemoglobin, packed red cell volume and red blood cells in iron sufficient and iron deficient groups. Results support its use in folkloric medicine in the management of anemia. (25) In albino rats, extract of leaf sheath increased Hb in a dose-dependent manner. (4)
Sickle Cell Disease: Drug Nicosa, a produce of extracts of four different plants - P guineenses seeds, P osum stem, E caryophyllum fruit and S bicolor leaves was shown to possess anti-sickling properties, significantly reducing the number of painful episodes in SCD patients. (12)
Antibacterial: N-butanol purified saponin extract showed an inhibitory effect on the growth of S aureus but not on E coli and C albicans. (3)
Antidiarrheal / Decreased Intestinal Motility: Aqueous methanolic extract of leaf base of Sorghum bicolor significantly decreased intestinal motility, inhibited castor oil-induced diarrhea. (5)
Neuropharmacologic Sedating Effects: Study suggests leaf base extracts of S. bicolor contains sedative substances that act via centrally medicated pathways rather than peripheral neuromuscular blockade. Results showed a significant reduction in spontaneous motor activity in rats, reduction in exploratory behavior and prolongation of pentobarbitone-induced sleep.(6)
Protein Glycation Inhibition: Protein (albumin) glycation is a nonenzymatic process believed to be important in the pathogenesis of many diabetic complications. Sorghum brans with a high phenolic content and high antioxidant properties inhibit protein glycation. A high phenolic sorghum bran variety (sumac) inhibited protein glycation by almost 60%. Results suggest certain varieties of sorghum bran may affect critical biological processes involved in diabetes and insulin resistance. (8)
Antioxidant: Study of ethanol fraction of stems of S bicolor yielded five major compounds. Among them, methyl ferrate, exhibited strong, free radical scavenging activity. All five compounds showed anti-lipid per oxidation activity. (11)
Toxicity Study: Study suggests
S. bicolor leaf extract is relatively safe. It showed incidental significant lowering of uric acid, a significant reduction of triglycerides and no effect on cholesterol.(13)
Hemopoietic Effect: Study evaluated the effect of an aqueous extract of the leaf sheath of Sorghum bicolor on hematologic parameters in 50 albino rats. Results showed a hemopoietic effect and supports the traditional used of sorghum bicolor as a remedy for anemia. (17)
Hematologic Benefits in HIV Patients: Study evaluated a traditional herbal preparation,Jobelyn ®, for its effect on anemia and CD4+ T-cell counts in an open-label pilot study of 10 HIV+ patients in Nigeria. Patients receiving ARVT+Jobelyn showed a faster improvement with improved hemoglobin levels and increased CD4-T-cell counts. (21)
Antimicrobial Effects of Sorghum Drinks: Study evaluated the medicinal potentials of the sorghum drink (fortified and unfortified) with respect to inhibitory effect on the growth of Bacillus sp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Lactobacillus sp., and Corynebacterium sp. Sorghum stem extract fortified with pineapple juice and lemon grass had the highest inhibitory effect against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The cheaply produced drink from purely local material could sere as a safe and good replacement for expensive high sugar content carbonated drinks. (see constituents above) (22)

Availability
Wild-crafted.
Extracts, seeds in the cybermarket.


Last Update November 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / File:Sorghum bicolor03.jpg / Sorghum bicolor 2005, sep 4 by pethan Botanical Gardens Utrecht University / GNU Free Documentation License / Click on image to go to source page / Wikimedia Commons
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: / PublicDomain / Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench / Hippolyte Coste - Flore descriptive et illustrée de la France, de la Corse et des contrées limitrophes, 1901-1906 / Schede di botanica
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Seeds / Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench - sorghum / /Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Sorghum bicolor - (L.)Moench. / Plants For A Future
(2)
Anti-anaemic potentials of aqueous extract of Sorghum bicolor (L.) moench stem bark in rats / A T Oladjii, T O Jacob, and M T Yakubu / Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 111, Issue 3, 22 May 2007, Pages 651-656 / doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.01.013 |
(3)
Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of saponins extract of Sorghum Bicolor L. Moench / Soetan K O, Oyekunie M A / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 5 (23), pp. 2405-2407, 4 December 2006
(4)
HEMOPOIETIC EFFECT OF AQUEOUS EXTRACT OF THE LEAF SHEATH OF SORGHUM BICOLOR IN ALBINO RATS / Ogwumike O O / African Journal of Biomedical. Research. (2002): Vol 5; 69 - 71
(5)
Evaluation of Sorghum bicolor leaf base extract for gastrointestinal effects / F C Nwinyi and H O Kwanashie / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 8 (21), pp. 5985-5994, 2 November, 2009
(6)
Neuropharmacological effects of Sorghum bicolor leaf base extract / F C Nwinyi and H O Kwanashie / Research In Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Vol. 1, pp. 001-008, November, 2009
(7)
Burdett, A., et al. (2010). Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Select Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) Brans. Journal of Medicinal Food.
(8)
A novel nutraceutical property of select sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) brans: inhibition of protein glycation / Johnetta L Farrar, Diane K Hartle et al / Phytotherapy Research, Volume 22 Issue 8, Pages 1052 - 1056 / DOI 10.1002/ptr.2431
(9)
Healing Tips / How herbal preparation boosts blood levels, beats pain, others / Yoruba
(10)
An Examination of the Usage of Herbal Contraceptives and Abortifacients in Lagos State, Nigeria / Kadiri Akeem Bablola / Ethnobotanical Leaflets 13: 140-46. 2009.
(11)
Antioxidant constituents from the stem ofSorghum bicolor / Yong Soo Kwon and Chang Min Kim / Archives of Pharmacal Research, Volume 26, Number 7 / July, 2003 / DOI 10.1007/BF02976877
(12)
The potential of medicinal plants in sickle cell disease control: A review / Joy Okpuzor, Olumide Adebesin et al / International Journal of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 30, 2008
(13)
Evaluation of toxicity profile of leaf base extract of Sorghum bicolor in rat / F C Nwinyi, H O Kwanashie et al / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 8 (2), pp. 334-342, 19 January, 2009
(14)
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
(15)
Sorting Sorghum names / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher, / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
(16)
STUDIES ON PRODUCTION POTENTIAL OF SWEET SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] GENOTYPES FOR GRAIN AND ETHANOL PRODUCTION AS INFLUENCED BY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES / SANJEEVREDDI G. REDDI / Thesis / University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
(17)
HEMOPOIETIC EFFECT OF AQUEOUS EXTRACT OF THE LEAF SHEATH OF SORGHUM BICOLOR IN ALBINO RATS / OGWUMIKE O. O. / African Journal of Biomedical. Research. (2002): Vol 5; 69 - 71
(18)
AFIRIN, AN ALCOHOL-SOLUBLE PROTEIN FROM SORGHUM.*KAFIR, ANDROPOGON
/ CARL 0. JOHNS ANd J.F. BRESTER / From the United States Department of Washington. OCTOBER 11. 196
(Received for publication)
(19)
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench / Synonyms / The Plant List
(20)
Medicinal Values of Sorghum Bicolor In African Traditional Medicine / Rahaman Onike /
(21)
Clinical Efficacy of a West African Sorghum bicolor-Based Traditional Herbal Preparation Jobelyn Shows Increased Hemoglobin and CD4+ T-Lymphocyte Counts in HIV-Positive Patients / Godwin I. Ayuba, MD; Gitte S. Jensen, PhD;v Kathleen F. Benson, PhD; Ademola M. Okubena, BA; and Olajuwon Okubena, FCMA / J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jan 1; 20(1): 53–56. / doi: 10.1089/acm.2013.0125
PMCID: PMC3904510
(22)


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